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Name meaning

"elegant jaw"

Code name





30 cm (12 inches)


1 meter (3 ft)


0.83-3.5 kg


Isla Nublar
Isla Sorna

Birth type


Novel canon appearances

Jurassic Park

Movie canon appearances

Jurassic Park (cut)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III

Game appearances

The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The Lost World: Jurassic Park arcade game
Warpath: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park: The Game
Jurassic Park: Builder

Theme park appearances

Islands of Adventure

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Compsognathus, often referred to simply as "Compy", is a chicken-sized coelurosaurian dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period (around 150 million years ago). It was first discovered in Germany before the only other specimen to be found was unearthed in France. Compys typically hunt small lizards and insects, but like other opportunistic theropods, will scavenge larger animal carcasses when available.

Wikipedia has a more detailed and comprehensive article on Compsognathus

Jurassic Park FranchiseEdit


Jurassic Park Institute artwork.

Compsognathus could be seen throughout The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and was in a few scenes in Jurassic Park III; it ultimately replaces the Procompsognathus from the novels. Compsognathus also appears in many games and toy lines.



Compsognathus sculpture for Stan Winston


In The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Compsognathus was portrayed as a small chicken-sized dinosaur. It was green in color having multiple shades with dark striping across their back some also seem to have shades of red and blue as well and have a yellow underbelly. Compsognathus is significantly smaller in the movie than it was in real life. It was based on the type specimen from Germany, which was only 89 cm (35 in) long. A larger fossil, of 125 cm (49 in) long, was discovered in France. The French specimen is probably an adult, while the German specimen is an infant.

Dr. Robert Burke misidentified it as "Compsognathus triassicus" instead of "Compsognathus longipes". The scriptwriters confused it with Procompsognathus (from The Lost World novel) of which triassicus is a species.

Compsognathus has a creative attack tactic for their small size. The alpha appears first and confronts the victim, who is surrounded by the other Compys before he/she knows they are coming. While the prey is interacting with the Alpha, or ignoring it, the others will eventually spring and attack the victim, usually overwhelming it. For instance, Dieter Stark discovered the alpha, then attempted to bring it down, but many others came by, all around him, then attacked him many times before finally killing him. However, there is currently no evidence that Compsognathus hunted in packs, due a shortage of specimens.

Film canon Edit

Jurassic Park Edit

Compsognathus does not appear in the actual film, however, it does appear in Jurassic Park: The Game.

Jurassic Park: The Game Edit


Compsognathus model as seen in Jurassic Park: The Game.

Compsognathus was cloned on Site B under supervision of Dr. Henry Wu. Dr. Laura Sorkin wrote that it "holds a special place in my heart". The Compies reminded her of the chickens on the farm where she grew up. Since the genetic structure of Compsognathus was so similar to birds, Sorkin was surprised they don't have feathers.[1]

When the creatures were fully grown, they were transported to Isla Nublar. The Compsognathus Paddock was built/planned at the southern tip of the island.[2] Compsognathus was featured in the InGen Field Guide and on the Tour the Island website. However, they are not part of the tour during the events of Jurassic Park. This indicates they were planned for Phase I of the park.

After the disaster in the park the compies were able to roam free across the island. In the scenario "The Ride", a pack of Compsognathus is seen running from the Tyrannosaurus rex near the Bone Shaker; in the northern mountains of the island.

The Lost World: Jurassic ParkEdit


Compsognathus in The Lost World

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Compsognathus is seen during the events of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Isla Sorna housed many Compsognathus across the island. Due to their very small size, visitors to the island such as Robert Burke generally regarded the animals to be harmless and not dangerous. This, however, is actually the exact opposite, as a large pack of Compies attacked and killed Dieter Stark, as well as attacking Cathy Bowman who survived, albeit seriously injured and taken to the hospital by her parents.

Jurassic Park IIIEdit

In Jurassic Park III, Compies are shown to be insect-eaters as well. Eric Kirby seemed to know these creatures are a great threat and usually took shelter after hearing their high pitched chirps. He also stated that Tyrannosaurus urine would keep the animals from attacking and is seen as a reason these inventive hunters never ended his island adventure early. The Compies also made an appearance during the beginning of the film fleeing from the battle of the T. rex and Spinosaurus.

Video GamesEdit

Compsognathus is also featured as a common enemy in the majority of early Jurassic Park action games.

Jurassic Park NES gameEdit


Compsognathus appears as an enemy in the Jurassic Park NES game.

Jurassic Park SNES gameEdit


Compsognathus appears as an enemy in the Jurassic Park SNES game.

Jurassic Park PS game Edit


see The Lost World: Jurassic Park (video game)/Compy level

Compsognathus is the first playable character in the video game The Lost World: Jurassic Park, it uses its leaping and evading movement to escape some of the larger predators. The character can suffer from high falling damage that would be contradictory to a small animal's ability to take higher falls. It is also able to swim and evade water predators. Its speed and jumping is what helps it survive the perils of the "Lost World".

The Lost World: Jurassic Park arcade game Edit

Compsognathus is an enemy in The Lost World: Jurassic Park arcade game.

Warpath Edit

Compsognathus also appeared in the game Warpath: Jurassic Park as an edible creature that restored health; herbivore characters simply attack it and will somehow gain health, too. They were not listed in the Museum, along with Stegosaurus.

Jurassic Park: Builder Edit

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Compsognathus from Jurassic Park: Builder.

Compsognathus is one of the available dinosaurs in the IOS application, Jurassic Park: Builder.


Comics Edit


Compsognathus from Topps comics. (Image courtesy of Jurassic Park Legacy)

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Popular cultureEdit

The Lost World: Jurassic Park popularized Compsognathus. Post-TLW games, like Tomb Raider III, also feature Compsognathus as they are portrayed in the film.


  1. InGen Field Journal, page 5.
  2. Tour the Island, map.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Dinosaurs
CompsognathusCorythosaurusEdmontosaurusGallimimusMamenchisaurusPachycephalosaurusParasaurolophusPteranodon • • StegosaurusTriceratopsTyrannosaurus rexVelociraptor
Jurassic Park III Dinosaurs
AnkylosaurusBaryonyxBrachiosaurusCeratosaurusCompsognathusCorythosaurusParasaurolophusPteranodonSpinosaurusStegosaurusSuchomimusTyrannosaurus rexVelociraptor

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